"Rocky King, Detective" aired on the short-lived DuMont Television Network from 1950 to 1954. The show was done live on a low-budget, and the show had several quirks. Most of the episodes are believed lost, But perhaps as many as 37 survive. The show never entered the top 30 in the ratings, and is now considered to be a "Cult Classic".
March 24, 2013 Subject:
These early TV shows really are Radio with Pictures...
Born in 1959, I remember early 60s TV, and any of the older reruns I saw...and being able to view the stuff that came before that means a lot to me. It's like digging into a secret trunk of odds and ends...
The early 50s TV shows remind me so much of high school drama club efforts, only with the parts played by adults. Not necessarily played badly...some of the efforts are quite good...it's just the sets. The sets are about on par with a high school auditorium scenery set. No wonder the movie actor people wanted nothing to do with early TV shows! This must've seemed like visual bargain basement to them.
That being said, part of early TV's charm is in its naive presentation. The seams are showing everywhere, and it makes it more real for me, tells me more about people's ideas of what made entertainment then than all the gloss that came later. I love the grainy suede texture of the old kinescopes...I want to create a mask for my laptop's extra monitor that looks like an old DuMont set. Anybody out there making things like this? To place over a flatscreen monitor to give it atmosphere? Someone should make 'em!
Anyway, thanks for uploading this! It's not high art, but it's artful enough for me to enjoy! And simply to know there is so little of it available makes me cherish these few extant shows the more. Thirty-seven episodes of this show available somewhere in the world? That's an unexpected pleasure.
July 28, 2011 Subject:
I don't remember the DuMont Network but I remember growing up with a DuMont television. Thanks to that four-legged box I've worn glasses for 49 years. Thanks DuMont, U-Rock!
July 27, 2011 Subject:
The Hermit`s Cat (Inside Detective).
Original air date: 31 August 1952.
A millionaire who never went outside of his home, is murdered, trown out on highway, and the only good clue is the man`s cat, who was killed the same night in his garage.
Cast: Roscoe Karns (Police Inspector Rocky King), Earl Hammond (Sergeant Lane), Grace Carney (Mabel King: Voice), Ed Peck (Mark White), Frank Campanella (John Norton), Virginia Low (Mildred Dayton), Frederic Downs (Doc) and Ken Roberts (Announcer).
February 22, 2010 Subject:
A catalog site for Classic TV shows
If you like Classic TV from of the 50's, I found a catalog site that makes it easy to find and watch episodes streaming from Archive.org at:
April 3, 2008 Subject:
Why Am I Reviewing One of My Own Items?
The DuMont Television Network started broadcasting in 1946, and stopped broadcasting in 1956. They were the first American TV network. They created the first sitcom, the first soap opera, the first national religious program, the first science program, and the first Sci-Fi program. Basically, They invented much of what we take for granted today. DuMont also made Jackie Gleason a star, Created a sitcom which ran each weekday, gave Ernie Kovacs his own show, Created the first Reality TV show with "Cash and Carry", and even produced a national opera program. Doesn't that sound like a fun network?
But this is "Rocky King, Detective", a popular crime series which ran from 1950 to 1954, and is considered a "Cult Classic". What's unusual about this series was that is was done LIVE, on national TV!
It's believed that basically the entire DuMont Network archive was dumped into Upper New York Bay during the 70's, since nobody thought anyone would want to see it's programs again.
At least 37 episodes exist of "Rocky King, Detective" at the UCLA.